Gay marriage legislation to be introduced later in session


Sen. Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis, says he will wait a couple of months to introduce a bill that would legalize gay marriage in Minnesota, the Associated Press reports.

The Democrats plan to focus on "kitchen-table issues" such as improving the economy and creating jobs early in the session. Dibble says he considers same-sex marriage a kitchen-table issue as well.

Supporters want a vote on the issue in 2013.

Minnesotans United for All Families, the group that lead the effort in defeating the proposed marriage amendment on the ballot last November, is transforming into a lobbying group that will urge state lawmakers to pass the bill.

On the other side of the issue, Minnesota for Marriage is also redirecting their efforts to oppose the legalization of gay marriage, according to their website.

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